Chairman’s Message: The State of the U.S.-Japan Alliance

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This month’s Chairman’s Statement is an edited version of remarks given by Adm. Dennis Blair at the conclusion of the Sixth Annual Sasakawa USA Security Forum, held on April 24, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Adm. Blair provides analysis of the current state of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

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Chairman’s Message: What Japan’s Third National Defense Program Guidelines Should Have Said

Author: Admiral Dennis Blair

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Although there are many positive features of the NDPG, they are inadequate in the very important area of achieving joint operations by the Self Defense Force. NDPG documents are always the tip of an iceberg, indicating the presence of much more substance unseen below the water line. However even tips of icebergs indicate overall direction and speed. The 2019 NDPG show a positive direction for Japanese joint capabilities, but the speed is disappointingly slow, much too slow for the security environment that the document itself accurately describes.

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‘Why Japan Will Spend Billions on F-35s’ published in the National Journal

Categories: In the News, Sasakawa USA Blog

Mackenzie Weinger, Policy Editor for the National Journal, was one of eight rising U.S. journalists covering U.S. national security and defense issues who participated in a week-long study trip to Japan in December 2018 as part of the Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) program. Weinger published “Why Japan Will Spend Billions on F-35s” in the National Journal on December 19, 2018.

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Chairman’s Message: Military Confrontations in Peace and War

Author: Admiral Dennis Blair

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On a recent trip to East Asia, the subject of steadily increasing Chinese maritime and air activity in the waters and airspace of Japan and Taiwan came up often, Admiral Dennis Blair writes. Japan and Taiwan, with their “intercept everything” policies, are degrading their readiness to defend their territory in conflict, lowering deterrence of Chinese military aggression. How can these policies be changed without appearing as a weakening of resolve and capability?

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